Full card announced for GLORY 45 Amsterdam, updates for light-heavyweight contender tournament

GLORY Kickboxing announced updates today for GLORY 45 Amsterdam on September 30, 2017 including, the light-heavyweight Contender Tournament; with the inclusion of multiple WKN champion, Dragos Zubco (11-4) who, has been matched-up against, Michael Duut (40-8) in the first semi-final of the 4-man tournament.

Imad Hadar vs. Manny Mancha will make up the other half of the contender tournament semi-finals on a stacked card co-headined by, the rematch between Nieky Holzken and Yoann Kongolo; topped-off by, Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuk for Robin’s GLORY featherweight title.

The full fight card is below which, is preceded by the GLORY 45 SuperFight Series at the Sporthallen Zuid, Amsterdam (on the same night) which, has been updated with, Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac headlining.

GLORY 45 Amsterdam – Fight card:

Featherweight Title Headline Bout: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuk

Light Heavyweight Tournament Final Bout: Winner of Bout A vs. Winner of Bout B

Welterweight Co-headline Bout: Nieky Holzken vs. Yoann Kongolo

Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Imad Hadar vs. Manny Mancha

Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Michael Duut vs. Dragos Zubco

Complete GLORY 45 SuperFight Series card announced: Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac to headline

The entire GLORY 45 SuperFight Series main card was announced earlier today and will be headlined by, Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac at the Sporthallen Zuid, Amsterdam on September 30, 2017.

Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui will now co-headline the event which, is now finalised by, the pair of top 10 ranked GLORY heavyweights; Gerges (50-18-1) is coming off a recent victory over Tomas Hron at GLORY 41 Den Bosch. Whilst Brestovac (53-12-1) was last seen in a GLORY ring being dominated by, Benjamin Adegbuyi in the 4-man contender tournament final at  GLORY 35 Nice.

Below is the entire card and bout order that will precede the full fight card (announced today) for, GLORY 45 Amsterdam which, is headlined by, Robin van Roosmalen vs. Serhiy Adamchuk.

GLORY 45 SuperFight Series – Fight card:

Heavyweight Headline Bout: Hesdy Gerges vs. Mladen Brestovac

Middleweight Bout: Jason Wilnis vs. Yousri Belgaroui

Featherweight Bout: Zakaria Zouggary vs. Massaro Glunder

Lightweight Bout: Tyjani Beztati vs. Yodkhunpon Sitmonchai

Welterweight Bout: Eyevan Danenberg vs. Wellington Uega

James Heelan replaces injured Jake Purdy against John Wayne Parr at CMT 10

John Wayne Parr (JWP) had been scheduled to fight the UK’s Jake Purdy in the main event of, Cage Muay Thai 10 (CMT 10) at, the Logan Metro Sports Centre in Australia on August 4, 2017. However, JWP announced earlier today on social media that Purdy has now been replaced by the Irish fighter, James Heelan.

“Unfortunately a few days ago we found out the news that Jake Purdy my original opponent broke his big toe sparring and had no other option but to pull out of the event.”

The news obviously comes as a big blow to Purdy’s career aspirations following his disappointing defeat to, Ben Hodge at Muay Thai Grand Prix ( (MTGP 9) via unanimous decision. Purdy was due to fight Parr on August 4, followed by Youssef Boughanem on, September 22 at Phoenix Fighting Championship 3 in London. However, no word as of yet from Purdy regarding his injury or availability for September either.

Nevertheless, the unfortunate injury has resulted in an opportunity for James Heelan to headline CMT 10 as a late replacement against a living legend of the sport with JWP adding:

“I’m happy to announce my new opponent from Ireland is James “Sexual” Heelan. James has a record of 47 fights mixed with Muay Thai, MMA & boxing. James once trained out of Dublin with @coach_kavanagh before moving to Phuket to concentrate purely on Muay Thai.”

Earlier this morning when K1ANOOP touched base with Heelan, he was catching his flight to Australia and looking forward to making the most of this opportunity.

WATCH: Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Kizaemon Saiga full fight video – Rizen World Grand Prix 2017

Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Kizaemon Saiga was a mixed rules fight in the first round of the Rizin World Grand Prix 2017 over the weekend in Japan at the Saitama Super Arena on July 30, 2017. The fight would allow for two rounds that were five minutes each but the first round would be a kickboxing only rule base, whilst the second would be MMA.

Saiga is a K-1 veteran now MMA fighter whilst Tenshin is an 18 year old Japanese kickboxing superstar with a rapidly growing profile for his awesome fighting abilities in the ring. The teenager has had over 100 kickboxing fights and has only lost a handful of those when he was still an a amateur; and has recently started fighting MMA (winning his first three MMA bouts).

Watch the full fight between Tenshin Nasukawa and Kizaemon Saiga below and see for yourself the, emphatic KO that ensured a second round wasn’t needed for the victorious Tenshin.

Lion Fight 37 video recap: Nattawut retains super-middleweight title, Moraza-Pollard crowned cruiserweight champion

Lion Fight 37 ‘brought the violence’ at Foxwoods Resort Casino as Jo Nattawut successfully defended his Lion Fight super-middleweight title against, Petchtanong Banchamek, whilst former MMA fighter, Chip Moraza-Pollard, defeated Paul Banasiak to become the promotion’s first cruiserweight champion.

Both main and co-main events would be decided via unanimous decisions for the victors. However, both title-fights had their moments of coming to an end in the fifth and final rounds. Nattawut caught Petchtanong in their final round which, would help to seal the decision in his favour, between the two Muay Thai veterans.

Whilst, Banasiak and Moraza-Pollard had a “brutal fight” to determine who, would become the, inaugural Lion Fight cruiserweight champion. Banasaik would get knocked-down in the fifth from a head kick, after going go all out for the win, knowing that he was behind on the scorecards from the way that “The Surgeon” had had a better start than him. What ensued was an entertaining fight that undoubtedly leaves the door open for a potential rematch between these two adversaries in the future.

Check-out the Lion Fight 37 video highlights and full results below.

Lion Fight 37 – Full results for main card, pro and amateur preliminaries:

Lion Fight 37 – Main card:

Headline bout for Lion Fight Super-welterweight Title:

Jo Nattawut def. Petchtanong Banchamek via unanimous decision (47-46, 47-46, 47-46); and retains Lion Fight super welterweight title

Co-headline bout for Lion Fight Cruiserweight Title:

Chip Moraza-Pollard def. Paul Banasiak via unanimous decision (48-46, 49-45, 49-45); for inaugural Lion Fight cruiserweight title

Amine Ballafrikh def. Johncy Lindor via TKO at 2:23, Round 3

Eric Rocha def. Alexander Olave via TKO at 0:45, Round 1

Steve Walker def. Lewis Rumsey via TKO at 2:04, Round 1

Geoffrey Then def. Soap Am via unanimous decision (48-47, 50-45, 49-46)

Lion Fight 37 – Pro Prelim:

Keeman Diop (1-0) def. Trevor (0-2) by TKO, 1:15 of Round 2

Lion Fight 37 – Amateur Prelims:

Jurrell Laronal def. Matt Brady via unanimous decision

Pat Kirby def. Mike Colon via unanimous decision

Harry Milliken def. Slawek Gubernat via unanimous decision

Yousri Belgaroui on Learning How to Fight, His Love for Kickboxing and Simon Marcus

Yousri Belgaroui is a Dutch middleweight kickboxer of Tunisia descent who, is currently fighting for GLORY Kickboxing, having blossomed over the last couple of years fighting for, Enfusion Live and Superkombat.

Belgaroui trains out of Mike’s Gym in Amsterdam and (on what was the first episode of The K1Anoop Show on, the K1ANOOP YouTube channel), talked about his early days of kickboxing; how his journey as a martial artist began (at the age of 16) when he first started training under, Mike Passenier at, the old Mike’s Gym which, was tragically got burnt down in years gone by; and his aspirations to become one of the very best fighters of his generation.

That title-fight with Simon Marcus that was supposed to have happened

At the time of writing, Belgaroui is set to fight former GLORY middleweight champion, Jason Wilnis in the main event of, GLORY 45 SuperFight Series on September 30, 2017. However, Belgaroui recently won the most recent 4-man Contender Tournament, beating Alex Pereira in the final at GLORY 40 Copenhagen which, was supposed to secure him with an immediate title-fight with current champion, Simon Marcus.

However, for reasons unknown Simon Marcus vs. Yousri Belgaroui has not been scheduled and the young kickboxer will instead take on Wilnis in a fight that isn’t even for an interim-title which, has raised questions about the integrity of not only these contender 4-man tournaments but also Marcus’s reign as champion. Belgaroui had even lambasted Marcus for not being willing to fight him and alleged that they had been matched-up to fight at GLORY 43 New York; only for the champion to allegedly refuse the fight.


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Why wouldn’t Marcus be willing to fight Belgaroui at GLORY 43 New York?

There is a rumour that Simon Marcus could be holding-off from returning to action because GLORY are planning on hosting an event in his home nation of, Canada later this year; and this could possibly happen in Toronto come November 2017.

However, nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet by GLORY but over the last year, the subject has grown momentum in becoming more of an open taking topic even by Glory Sports International CEO, Jon Franklin.

Former GLORY featherweight champion, Gabriel Varga, had initially spoken publicly about GLORY’s intentions to host future events in Canada. Time will tell soon enough if this will happen in the coming months including, a potential title-fight between Marcus and Belgaroui but first, “The Baby Face Ninja” must deal with Jason Wilnis in September.

GLORY have listed October 14, 2017 on their website as a forthcoming event for GLORY 46 but the venue and fight cards are yet to be announced.

Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira full fight video – Contender Tournament Final: GLORY 40 Copenhagen

Watch Yousri Belgaroui vs. Alex Pereira full fight video from, the Contender Tournament Final at GLORY 40 Copenhagen, released by GLORY Kickboxing.

The “Baby Face Ninja” is schedule to fight Jason Wilnis at GLORY 45 SuperFight Series on September 30, 2017 in Amsterdam. However, Belgaouri was supposed to be fighting defending middleweight champion Simon Marcus next but for unknown reason that fight has been delayed.

Enfusion CEO Edwin Van Os confirms Enfusion Live 52 Nador and Kickboxing Talents 35 cancelled

Enfusion CEO Edwin Van Os has just confirmed to K1ANOOP that both Enfusion Live 52 and Kickboxing Talents 35 in Nador, Morocco that were schedule to take place tomorrow i.e. July 29, 2017 have been cancelled.

Following on from our previous reporting of the situation out there in Morocco, Edwin Van Os responded:

“I cant say anything until I know exactly what went wrong between the local promotor and the Moroccan council. For sure is that there will be no event tomorrow. “

This shocking news has undoubtedly dealt a huge and unfortunate blow to the various fighters that had been focused on fighting tomorrow, especially for the domestic talent that would have had the eyes and attention of, (new) kickboxing fans and media from outside of the Moroccan community (home and away) and North Africa, upon them.

Strong rumours had emerged over the last 24 to 48 hours that both events were being (or had been) cancelled due to licensing issues which, have now been confirmed by Enfusion Live to K1ANOOP.

One rumour that had come to light from sources close to the scene is: that a rival promotion had allegedly gone out of its way to pull-in a few favours with certain persons of authority in Morocco, leading to both of Enfusion’s events being cancelled tomorrow in-relation to, the confirmed licensing issues.

The fall-out from this terrible news is still to be assessed by all stakeholders concerned including, the promotion but such awful news is a huge setback for the professional fighters, coaches, teams and their families who, will undoubtedly suffer from the burden of, potential (financial) loss of earnings and other costs incurred, due to all fights now being cancelled.

K1ANOOP will report again on how the situation continues to unfold in due course; and we sincerely sympathise with all of the fighters, the promotion and other persons adversely effected by the cancellations.

Enfusion Live 52 Nador “does not have the required papers to promote”, risks being cancelled

Enfusion Live 52 Nador is at high risk of being cancelled it emerged over night, following on form multiple sources having alleged yesterday that the event had been “cancelled” due to, the ‘Moroccan Kickboxing Union” being “angered” by the “lack of communication” by Enfusion Live leading up-to the promotion’s big day in Morocco tomorrow.

In response to our request to comment on the above allegations and (various) rumours, Enfusion responded to K1ANOOP:

“It seems to be truth that the local promotor does not have the required papers to promote.”

It is our understanding that senior management at Enfusion have been proactively working to resolve the situation with the relevant sporting authorities in Morocco since late last night; and that an update is expected as swiftly as possible from the promotion, today.

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Enfusion Live 52 Nador: Aziz Kallah vs. Diogo Neves cancelled?

Enfusion Live 52 and Kickboxing Talents 35 were due to take place on July 29, 2017 in Nador, Morocco. Both fight cards were stacked with a high volume of Moroccan kickboxing talent that would be a huge boost for the domestic kickboxing talent that is relatively unknown on, the world stage at present; and could potentially open up many doors for emerging kickboxing talent.

K1ANOOP will report again as the situation further develops including, the status of Kickboxing Talents 35 which, is assumed to be at high risk of being cancelled too (for the same reasons as Enfusion Live 52).

However, Aziz Kallah who, is scheduled to headline Enfusion Live 52 tomorrow against, Diogo Neves, had announced (yesterday) that the weigh-ins are still occurring at the “Mercure hotel in Nador” this early afternoon.

Lion Fight 37: Jo Nattawut vs. Petchtanong Banchamek weigh-in results and video

Check-out the Lion Fight 37: Jo Nattawut vs. Petchtanong Banchamek weigh-in results (below including, updated main card details) and video from Foxwoods Resort Casino (+3:45):

Lion Fight 37 weigh-in results (updated main card):

Headline bout for Lion Fight Super-welterweight Title:

Jo Nattawut (153 lbs) vs. Petchtanong Banchamek (155 lbs)

Co-headline bout for Lion Fight Cruiserweight Title:

Paul Banasiak (185 lbs) vs. Chip Moraza-Pollard (184 lbs)

Amine Ballafrikh (136 lbs) vs. Johncy Lindor (135 lbs)

Alexander Olave (145 lbs) vs. Eric Rocha (144 lbs)

Soap Am (140 lbs) vs. Geoffrey Then (140 lbs)


Photo credit: Joe Pic Photography/Lion Fight Promotions

Source: FightBookMMA